Dateline Rice for Aug. 19, 2020


Will attacking Abbott’s COVID response lead to a Texas takeover by Democrats?
Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor of political science, fellow in political science at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted in several articles. Jones participated in the Aug. 13 webinar “Your Voice and Your Vote: Elevating Asian American Engagement” hosted by Asia Society Texas Center.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Aug. 19 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News.)
At convention, Texans featured, but don’t play leading roles
Austin American-Statesman
Gun safety issues helped Democrats flip Virginia’s General Assembly in 2019. Is Texas next?
MSN (This Time article also appeared in Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Finance and a previous edition of Dateline.)
Experts analyze Asian American civic engagement history, potential ahead of 2020 election
Asia Society Texas Center (This item also appeared in the center’s YouTube page.)

At Houston-area colleges, students and families face pared-down move-in experience
Several articles mention Rice’s plan to reopen campus with changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which includes staggering the return of students to campus, conducting tests, requiring face masks and holding some classes outdoors in tents. Mark Ditman, Rice’s associate vice president for housing and dining, is quoted in the first Houston Chronicle article. An article from Houston Public Media mentions that Rice’s fall semester begins Aug. 24.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Aug. 19 print edition.)
Colleges in crisis due to pandemic
CBS This Morning (This segment aired on more than 250 affiliate stations across the U.S.)
‘At This Hour with Kate Bolduan’
How bad is COVID-19 where your child goes to college? Here’s where to look
The Seattle Times (This article also appeared in The Daily World and El Paso, Inc., and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.) 

US schools grapple with reopening amid pandemic

Opinion: Resist virtual classes — in-person meetings are critical to universities
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Aug. 19 print edition of the Chronicle.)
Colleges prepare to test thousands of students for COVID-19
TVT News
Campus puts up 5 tents; more are possible
UC Davis
What’s it like to head back to college during a pandemic? Texas students share their stories
Houston Public Media

Rethinking the US immigration policy: Lessons from India and Mexico
Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the institute’s Center for the United States and Mexico, is quoted.
Delhi Post

Rice delays start of 2020 football season
An article mentions that Rice football’s season-opening game is slated for Sept. 26 against Lamar University. Director of Athletics Joe Karlgaard is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Aug. 19 print edition of the Chronicle’s Bellaire Examiner and Memorial Examiner, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Editorial: Texas Democrats need to throw out the political rulebook
Graduate student Matt Lamb is quoted.
Texas Observer

Amazon to hire hundreds in Dallas, expand Galleria hub to 100,000 square feet
Rice is mentioned.
WFAA Online


‘Va Pemex al revés de industria global’
Adrian Duhalt, postdoctoral fellow in Mexico energy studies at the Baker Institute’s Center for the United States and Mexico and Center for Energy Studies, is quoted.
Zócalo (An English translation is not available.)


Chevron Technology Ventures is the first named tenant of the Ion innovation hub
An article features the Ion, Rice’s redevelopment of the historic Midtown Sears building into the centerpiece of a local innovation district. Jan Odegard, interim executive director of the Ion, and Ryan LeVasseur, Rice Management Co.’s managing director of direct real estate, are quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) 

Reporter’s Notebook: What would man-made islands do to Houston Ship Channel?
An article mentions that Rice researchers have collaborated with an architecture firm and a civil engineering firm to design the Galveston Bay Park Plan, a proposal to protect the region from hurricanes.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Aug. 19 print edition of the Chronicle’s Bay Area Citizen and Pasadena Citizen, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Fort Worth one of three Texas cities Sen. Cruz wants selected as US Space Command headquarters

Rice is mentioned.

Kingwood Montessori Elementary Program
Rice is mentioned.


‘TWC News All Day’
A broadcast features collaborative research by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Texas Hispanic Policy Foundation, which surveyed 846 registered Texas voters between Aug. 4-13.
Spectrum News Austin (This segment aired nine times, and it appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)


Shielding stem cells with novel biomaterial can reduce heart attack damage
An article features collaborative Rice research that has shown that shielding stem cells with a novel biomaterial improves the cells’ ability to heal heart injuries caused by heart attacks. Omid Veiseh, assistant professor of bioengineering, is quoted. (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

How carbon nanotube fibers are becoming stronger
An article features Rice research that developed “wet-spun” carbon nanotube fibers that are stronger than Kevlar and are almost as conductive as copper. Those quoted or mentioned include Matteo Pasquali, the A.J. Hartsook Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, a professor of materials science and nanoengineering and of chemistry, and director of the Carbon Hub; and graduate students Lauren Taylor and Oliver Dewey.
Control Engineering

Rice University Chemists Expand Genetic Code of E. coli to Produce 21st Amino Acid
An article features collaborative Rice research that successfully expanded the genetic code of E. coli bacteria to produce a synthetic building block or “noncanonical amino acid.” Co-authors quoted or mentioned include Han Xiao, Norman Hackerman-Welch Young Investigator and assistant professor of chemistry; graduate student Yuda Chen; postdoctoral fellows Juan Tang, Lushun Wang and Zeru Tian; Baker College senior Adam Cardenas; and visiting scholar Xinlei Fang.

THE STORY OF: The Tutu in the opening credits of ‘Sex and the City’
Alumna Candace Bushnell is featured.
29 Secrets

What compensation is due for your Uber or Lyft accident?
Collaborative Rice research into the impact of ride-sharing services on traffic safety is cited.
JS Supra

Four Butler Snow attorneys named to 2020 Lawdragon 500 Leading US Bankruptcy and Restructuring Lawyers
Alumnus Martin Sosland is featured.
Mississippi Business Journal

The 10 best art schools in the Southwest

A roundup of the best art schools in the Southwest features Rice, which is ranked No. 3 according to Art & Object.

Art & Object


Detroit Tigers newsletter: Just when you thought the Casey Mize Watch was done …
Former Rice baseball player Matt Anderson is featured.
Detroit Free Press

In The Paint Show: What were James Harden and Damian Lillard like in high school? We talk to their coaches!
Rice head basketball coach Scott Pera is featured in a podcast.

Gonzaga 2016-17 national championship runner ups life update
Former Rice football player Jeremy Jones is featured.
The Gonzaga Bulletin

About Stefan De La Garza

Stefan De La Garza is a news analyst in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.